|369S||Title:||MERCHANT SHIPPING (SAFETY) (CARGO SHIP CONSTRUCTION AND SURVEY) (SHIPS BUILT ON OR AFTER 1 SEPTEMBER 1984) REGULATIONS||Gazette Number:||L.N. 123 of 2000|
|Regulation:||56||Heading:||Initial surveys||Version Date:||01/05/2000|
(1) The structure, machinery and equipment of a ship shall be subject to an initial survey before the ship is put in service or before a cargo ship safety construction certificate is issued in respect of the ship for the first time.
(2) The initial survey shall include a complete inspection of the structure, machinery and equipment including an inspection of the outside of the ship's bottom. The survey shall ensure that the arrangements, materials, scantlings and workmanship of the structure, boilers and other pressure vessels, their appurtenances, main and auxiliary machinery including steering gear and associated control systems, electrical installations and other equipment comply with the requirements of these regulations, are in satisfactory condition and are fit for the service for which the ship is intended. In the case of tankers, the survey shall also include an inspection of the pump rooms, cargo spaces, bunker and ventilation piping systems and associated safety devices.
(3) Upon completion of an initial survey of a ship, and on the application of the owner, agent or master of the ship, if the Director is satisfied that the ship complies with the requirements of these regulations, he may issue in respect of the ship a cargo ship safety construction certificate. The certificate shall be valid for 5 years from the date of issue or for such shorter period as may be specified in the certificate.